Community Food Bank Needs Summer Volunteers

June 4, 2009 8:17:31 PM PDT
The recession that brought an increased demand for donated food is also taxing another need of the Valley's Community Food Bank: Volunteers.The agency supplies donated food as well as food staple items that are purchased in bulk for distribution to one-hundred-fifty valley food pantries. The need for helping hands is up but summer brings with it a downturn in the number of volunteers who can help get that food ready for distribution. Community Food Bank CEO, Dana Willkie, is asking Valley residents for their help, "The demand continues to go up and we need those resources all year round. They could be sorting the food, they could be helping check the food donations, and they could be helping at their local pantry. They don't necessarily have to come to the food bank location."

Community Food Bank is the center of a vast network of food pantries in the Central Valley. They and it need a continuous supply of volunteers each day to repackage bulk rice, pasta and other goods for household consumption. There is no 'summer break' for the hungry during these tough economic times.

Volunteers can come on their own, in groups or as a family, Monday through Friday and even some Saturdays and evenings. Closed-toe shoes are required.

For more information call Leslie Gacad at (559) 237-3663 x106 or send her an email:

lgacad@communityfoodbank.net

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